The value of the rand has just doubled. The Jonsson Foundation, Rally to Read’s lead partner, has pledged to match new 2020 sponsorships rand for rand up to a total of R500,000. This means anyone donating R1,000 will effectively be putting R2,000 into the programme.

Economic chaos caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has forced many companies to slash or even halt their corporate social investment (CSI) spending. Private donors are also feeling the pinch. Rally to Read, which revives rural primary schools neglected by overstretched provincial education departments, is not immune...

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